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BONNIE’S GARDEN: Prepare Now for Your Fall Garden

By Bonnie Pega
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This time of year is a perfect time to think about your fall garden. What are you going to do when the tomatoes, cucumbers and green beans give out? Do you let your garden just sit over the winter or do you get excited about a whole new garden season? If you’re going to let…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Use Gardening For Quality Family Time

PLANT A LITTLE ‘FAMILY’ HAPPINESS Today’s hectic lifestyle has left many families disconnected from nature. Spending time together as a family in the garden is an easy and natural way to have quality time with one another. We are all reading more and more how our younger children are spending too much time indoors on…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Garden Gratitude

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This time of year, I tend to get bogged down in details: squash bugs showing up on my watermelon vines; tomato blooms that won’t set fruit because the temperature is 95 degrees; trying to keep everything watered (including me!) in unrelenting heat. I ask myself “Why the heck did I plant so much?” Last Thursday…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Bringing Home the Caterpillars and Butterflies

IT’S JULY / IT’S SUMMER / IT’S HOT  –  BUT, CERTAIN PLANTS CAN BE PLANTED NOW THAT OUR CATERPILLARS AND BUTTERFLIES LOVE I know it can be a struggling time for gardeners with this heat and humidity. This is why timing is everything with planning our gardening activities. Early in the morning or late in…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – July Is For Blueberries

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

In 2003 the United States Department of Agriculture established July as National Blueberry Month. Nice to have a whole month dedicated to one of my favorite things. So here are a few interesting tidbits about these delicious berries. Blueberries belong to the family Ericales. This makes them related to cranberries, Brazil nuts, persimmons, camellias, azaleas,…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – My Houseplant Highlight for July – Snake Plant

LATELY, HOMEOWNERS AND APARTMENT DWELLERS ARE LOVING THIS PLANT In growing up I remember both of my great grandmothers having this plant in their homes. To this day, I still don’t know why I remember such a trivial fact with my great grandmothers unless I was just intrigued by the plant at a very early…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – 15 Plants That Are Not Toxic To Pets

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

You can find lists everywhere about which plants are toxic for cats/dogs/small children but what’s harder to find is a list of plants that are safe. Here is a list of houseplants known to be non-toxic.  Do understand that a child or pet could still have an allergic reaction, however. Whenever there is any question,…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – July Gardening Tips

JULY IS HERE AND CAN BE ONE OF THE HOTTEST MONTHS OF THE YEAR. BE PREPARED TO GIVE YOUR PLANTS A LITTLE EXTRA TLC. Before I get into the list of gardening chores for July, I want to do a little re-cap of June. For the month of June, we had close to average temperatures….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Ask Your Garden, “Hot Enough For Ya?”

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

My neighbor gets home from work at about the same time I do. He nods his head and hollers, “Hot enough for ya?” I grin, and then roll my eyes. At least I can go to a nice cool house. Our garden plants can’t.  Powdery mildew loves hot humid weather and can be a problem—particularly…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – July’s Plant Highlight of the Month

Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’ is my chosen plant for July The common name for Callicarpa is beautyberry.  Many of you may only know this plant by its common name.  This common name is very fitting for this beautiful plant.  I chose this plant because it is now in bloom and forming its berries.  We have one planted…

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